OUR LATEST PUBLICATIONS
Immigration Detention in Austria: Where the Refugee “Crisis” Never Ends
Austria’s domestic politics have been heavily influenced by a divisive debate over the treatment of migrants and refugees. This has had an important impact on the country’s immigration detention practices. Despite years of declining detainee numbers prior to the onset of Europe’s short-lived refugee “crisis” in 2015-2016, the increase in asylum applications that the country experienced during that period became a driving force for the resurgence of xenophobic populist forces, who used their political gains to advocate numerous controversial policies and agendas. These developments translated into sustained increases in detention numbers long after the “crisis” ended and asylum applications began to plummet to their lowest levels in years. Read the full report.
NEWS + ACTIVITIES
The Debate over Promoting Alternatives to Detention for Children
The effort to promote “alternatives to immigration detention” in the context of children in administrative removal proceedings faces a number of important challenges, in part because encouraging states to consider “alternatives” for children may in fact reinforce the logic of detaining them. This article by the GDP’s Michael Flynn is contained in the recently released volume Migration, State Obligations, and Rights in a Globalized Context (Global Studies Institute 2019). Read the essay here.
Immigration Detention under the Global Compacts in the Light of Refugee and Human Rights Law Standards.
In an article for International Migration, GDP Researcher Izabella Majcher explores how immigration detention is addressed in the Global Compact on Refugees (GCR) and Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (GCM), and investigates the potential implications of the compacts on existing legal framework regulating the use of immigration detention. Read more.
In December, GDP Research Fellow Jun Pang was an invited speaker at the conference “Non- Sovereign Revolutions?Thinking Across Puerto Rico and Hong Kong,” hosted by the CUNY Graduate Centre in New York. Pang discussed the Hong Kong protest movement in light of the history of colonial authority on the territory and its implications on what she terms the “ossified categories of nation-state sovereignty.” More information about the event is available here and here.
Private Prison Labour: Paradox or Possibility?
In an article for UCL Journal of Law and Jurisprudence, GDP Fellow Mario Guido argues that in designing a system of private prison labour, compliance with the requirements of the Forced Labour Convention is a necessary first step to avoid the exploitation of prisoners and to protect human rights. In analysing France, Germany, and Australia, Guido identifies the French system as the most compatible with the Convention and proposes a model framework that complies with the norm and serves the objectives of modern penal systems. Read more.
GDP ON THE RECORD
- “As India Debates Detention Centres, Here’s What They Look Like In The Rest of the World,” The Print, December 2019.
- “The CAA and NRC Together Will Reopen Wounds of Partition and Turn India Into a Majoritarian State,” Qoshe, December 2019.
- “No End to Abuse and Exploitation of Migrants Stranded in Libya,” Arab News, December 2019.
- “Migranti, video choc di torture dai centri di detenzione non riconosciuti in Libia [Migrants, video shock of torture from unrecognised detention centres in Libya]” Il Fatto Quotidiano, January 2020.
- “Libia: dalle torture dei profughi nelle carceri libiche alla loro criminalizzazione in Europa [Libya: From Torture of Refugees in Libyan Prisons to Their Criminalisation in Europe]” M. Omizzolo, Sapere d’Europa, 2019.
- “Libia. Torture nei campi di detenzione: le nuove immagini choc [Libya. Torture in detention camps: the new shock images],” P. Lambruschi, Avvenire, January 2020.
- “Italy-Libya Memorandum of Understanding: Italy’s International Obligations,” E. Vari, Hastings International and Comparative Law Review, 2020.
- “The Shaping of the EU’s Migration Policy: The Tragedy of Lampedusa as a Turning Point,” K. Smits and I. Karagianni, in: Mobile Africa: Human Trafficking and the Digital Divide, Van Reisen et al (eds.), 2019.
- “Noopolitical Resistances Network as Counterlaboratories for Migration and Identity in Europe,” M. López-Marcos, in:Mediated Identites in the Futures of Place: Emerging Practices and Spatial Cultures, L.P. Rajendran and N.D. Odeleye (eds.), 2020.
- “Nations Rebound: German Politics of Deporting Afghans,” M. Sökefeld, International Quaterly for Asian Studies, 2019.
- “Co roku w Polsce od stu do dwustu dzieci trafia do zamkniętego ośrodka, choć nie popełnia żadnego przestępstwa [Every year in Poland, Between One and Two Hundred Children go to a Closed Centre, Although They Have not Committed Any Crime.]” W. Cieśla, Newsweek, December 2019.
- “Vulnerable to the System: Migration and Torture in Spain,” O. Jubany, M. Pasqualetto, and A. Rué, Sapere d’Europa, 2019.
- “Ethics: United States Immigration Detention and the Role of Nurses: A Call for Action Against Human Rights Violation,” A. Saadi and A. Payne, The Online Journal of Issues in Nursing, 2019.
- “How Social Struggles Can Reinforce the Cartography of Capitalist Enclosure,” Critical Legal Thinking, 19 January 2020.
- “Immigration et criminalisation au Canada: état des lieux [Immigration and Criminalisation in Canada: State of Play]” D. Moffette, Criminologie, 2019.
- “Dreams and Nightmares: The Legal Legacy That Authorized Civil Detention Centers in the US ,” A. Moss, S. Parks, and L. Shorr, Sapere d’Europa, 2019.
- Judicial Review of Immigration Detention in the UK, US, and EU: From Principles to Practice, J.N. Stefanelli, Bloomsbury Publishing, 2020.
- “The Quagmire of Return and Reintegration: Challenges to Multi-Stakeholder Co-Ordination of Involuntary Returns,” L. Kandilige and G. Adiku, International Migration, 2019.
- “UN: World Refugees Stand at More Than 25.9 Million,” Albawaba, December 2019.